Verizon Wireless says its customers in the Arkansas River Valley communities along Interstate 40, or who are traveling through the area, can easily stream video and music, share photos, download files and surf the Internet without buffering, using connectivity speeds up to 10 times faster than other networks.
"Our comprehensive 4G LTE coverage along this stretch of I-40 shows our progress in connecting Arkansans to our LTE network," says Leo Perreault, executive director of network in Arkansas. "Since last summer we've launched LTE across almost 70 percent of the state's population, which means our customers can take advantage of the nation's fastest, most reliable LTE network in all of Arkansas' larger communities - and there are more to come."
Cities in the Arkansas River Valley covered by Verizon's 4G LTE network include Clarksville (Johnson County), Conway (Faulkner County), Fort Smith (Sebastian County), Morrilton (Conway County), Ozark (Franklin County), Russellville (Pope County) and Van Buren (Crawford County).
The Arkansas River Valley I-40 corridor is one of the most highly-traveled roadways to have 4G LTE network service from Verizon Wireless. This year, Verizon has turned up 4G LTE service in communities along U.S. Highway 64 from Conway to Vilonia to Beebe, and on U.S. Highway 67/167 from Little Rock to Searcy, encompassing Little Rock, North Little Rock, Sherwood, Jacksonville, Cabot, and Beebe.
Having invested $98 million in its wireless broadband and voice networks throughout Arkansas in 2011, Verizon Wireless continues to expand its 4G LTE network across the Natural State. No other wireless provider currently offers 4G LTE technology in Arkansas. By the end of 2013, all of the company's 3G network, which covers 96-percent of the state, will also be covered with 4G LTE.
Ranked highest in five of six U.S. regions according to the latest J.D. Power and Associates report, Verizon Wireless receives fewer reports of dropped calls, initial connection problems, transmission failures and late text messages than any other wireless provider.
Verizon Wireless has introduced its 4G LTE network to more than two-thirds of the U.S. population in more than 300 markets across the country since December 2010. The company's product portfolio features more than 20 4G LTE devices, including tablets, smartphones, mobile hotspots and USB modems. In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE customers should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.